Program PDW Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship, March 31, 2016 Portland, OR

Supported by the CBS Rethinking History at Business School Initiative David Kirsch, Christina Lubinski, and Dan Wadhwani are hosting a Paper Development Workshop on Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory & Research. The workshop will take place on March 31, 2016, 9am-5pm; immediately before the BHC annual meeting and at the same location: the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland, Room: Roy Yates (Lobby Level).

The program below shows an interesting mix of themes and scholars from entrepreneurship studies and history. Please get in touch with Christina Lubinski ( if you are interested in reading any of the papers.

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                    Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.                  Turning Points and Financial Innovation

Commentator: David Kirsch (University of Maryland, College Park)

“Creative Construction: The Importance of Fraud and Froth in Emerging Technologies,” Jonathan Coopersmith (Texas A&M University)

“Entrepreneurship, Financial Systems and Economic Development,” Steven Toms, Nick Wilson and Mike Wright (University of Leeds Business School and Imperial College London)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.               Entrepreneurial Uses of History

Commentator: Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria)

“The Legacy of 20th Century Black American Entrepreneurs: Education and Entrepreneurial Self –Efficacy,” Carolyn Davis and Keith Hollingsworth (Morehouse College)

“Strategic and Institutional Uses of the Past by Family Philanthropic Foundations,” Ida Lunde Jorgensen (Copenhagen Business School) and Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria)

“An Entrepreneur’s Cathedral: Expressing and Preserving Founder Legacy in a Family Business. The Case of Fiberline Composites,” Ellen M. Korsager and Anders Ravn Sørensen (Copenhagen Business School)

11:15 – 11:45am                   Coffee Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.     Entrepreneurial Biographies Revisited

Commentator: Mads Mordhorst (Copenhagen Business School)

“Entrepreneurs as Actors: Biographical Approaches and the Analysis of Entrepreneurship,” Uwe Spiekermann (Goettingen University)

“Institutional Entrepreneurship and Ideological Rhetoric: Establishing the Global Hotel Industry” Mairi Maclean and Charles Harvey (Newcastle University Business School)

“Paran Stevens and the Birth of Hotel Entrepreneurship,” Daniel Levinson Wilk (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York)

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.                 Lunch

2:15 – 3:15pm                         History and Entrepreneurship

Commentator: Andrew Nelson (University of Oregon)

“What Entrepreneurial History Could Be and Why It Matters,” Dan Raff (Wharton School / University of Pennsylvania)

“Reconciling the JBV and the Past Futures Methodology: Towards a Synthesis and Research Methodology,” Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool) and Kevin Tennent (University of York)

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.                    Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.                    International Entrepreneurship and Institutional Change

Commentator: Geoffrey Jones (Harvard Business School)

“Born Global in 1850: A Historical Method for Understanding Entrepreneurs Across Time and Space,” Michael Aldous (Queen’s University, Belfast)

“Freeing the Market: Entrepreneurship and Institutional Change in Brazil, 1874-1904,” Kari E. Zimmerman and David L. Deeds (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota)

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.                    Concluding discussion

The purpose of this workshop is to provide scholars with developmental feedback on work-in-progress related to historical approaches to entrepreneurship and strategy, broadly construed. Our aim is support the development of historical research on entrepreneurship for publication in leading journals, including for the special issue of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. In addition to providing feedback and suggestions for specific topics, the workshop will address the commonly faced challenges of writing for a double audience of historians and entrepreneurship/management scholars, engaging entrepreneurship theory and constructs, and identifying the most valuable historical sources and methods in studying entrepreneurial phenomena.